This Crazy Brick Structure Is Grown From Mushrooms, And Can Keep Itself Cool All Summer.
Made from organic material that can be turned into fertilizer, this installation will show off a radical, zero-waste building technology that could
help chill down sweltering city streets.
This summer, a new kind of building will sprout amid New York City’s garden of glass and steel. Using bricks biologically engineered to grow
themselves from plant waste and fungal cells, David Benjamin’s Hy-Fi will rise as a giant circular tower that creates a cool micro-climate for
pedestrians in searing city heat. Bet you’ve never seen a brownstone do that before.
It’s really inexpensive, almost cheaper than anything,” Benjamin says. “It emits no carbon, it requires almost zero energy, and it doesn’t
create any waste--in fact it almost absorbs waste. We think that’s a pretty new and pretty revolutionary way of making building materials.”
Maybe I can train my mushrooms to grow a raised planter for me. I could probably make lightweight blocks using yeast and some flour and straw. I
suppose you would have to worry about the dear eating your building though.
Next time you purchase white button mushrooms at the grocery store, just remember, they may be cute and bite-size but they have a relative out
west that occupies some 2,384 acres (965 hectares) of soil in Oregon's Blue Mountains. Put another way, this humongous fungus would encompass 1,665
football fields, or nearly four square miles (10 square kilometers) of turf.
The discovery of this giant Armillaria ostoyae in 1998 heralded a new record holder for the title of the world's largest known organism, believed by
most to be the 110-foot- (33.5-meter-) long, 200-ton blue whale. Based on its current growth rate, the fungus is estimated to be 2,400 years old but
could be as ancient as 8,650 years, which would earn it a place among the oldest living organisms as well
Wow! Thank you, never heard of it! This is kind of creepy:
"The fungus primarily grows along tree roots via hyphae, fine filaments that mat together and excrete digestive enzymes. But Armillaria has the
unique ability to extend rhizomorphs, flat shoestringlike structures, that bridge gaps between food sources and expand the fungus's sweeping
perimeter ever more."
But that's the thing;
Once you get a deer you can make mushroom deer stew.
This is cool stuff.
As far as mushrooms being from space or other planets;
Why would they be? Come on now.
If that's the case then flowers and everything else has blown in and is spreading all over space. It would never survuive the radiation. Or cosmic
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I just can't believe that something organic could survive the temperature variations and radiation in space. Not to mention forces unknown. I don't
think things are blowing around from planet to planet. I do think it's possible for something to make it inside of an asteroid, or whatever. Is there
a study or experiments available that NASA and other countries done in space regarding this?
a reply to: Agartha
The main piece of information that would determine it's suitability as a building material is it's flammability rating. I don't think they covered
that in the article or video. Also, Is that mushroom brick structure they built, in the video an installation at PS 1 in Queens?
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